CONESUS – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Conesus woman on Sunday for driving while intoxicated after she ran over a fire hose at an active fire scene, damaging the hose and disabling her car.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Karen Zingerella, 51, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. She allegedly damaged a 300-foot 5-inch fire hose, but that did not stop the fire department from stopping the fire.
“It was a great stop, with smoke damage throughout the house but no serious structural damage,” said Kevin Niedermaier, Director of Livingston County Emergency Management. “The homeowner called the fire department reporting smoke coming from the wall by the fireplace. The fire was in the wall. The fire department took down the wall and got to the source of the fire.”
Deputy Sheriff Matthew Thomas was assisting the Conesus Fire Department with traffic control at the scene of a chimney fire on Sliker Hill Road in the Town of Conesus when when he saw a vehicle run over a fire hose that ran across the roadway and become disabled.
Deputy Thomas met with the operator, Zingerella. The Deputy believed that alcohol was a possible factor in her inattention to the fire hose and traffic control.
Deputies put Zingerella through field sobriety tests, after which they arrested her for Driving While Intoxicated. She also submitted to a chemical breath test.
Zingerella was processed and released to a third party.
She will appear in Conesus Town Court at a later date.